Humboldt Research Prize for Professor Marcelo da Costa Pinto Neves

December 23, 2019

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded a Humboldt Research Prize to Professor Marcelo da Costa Pinto Neves (Universidade de Brasília) for his outstanding achievements in both research and teaching.

Marcelo Neves is an internationally recognised scholar of legal theory and the sociology of law. He is known above all for his work on the sociology of constitutions, regulation theory, and his theory of peripheral modernity. In these fields, he was one of the first to explore how the specific characteristics of Latin American societies can inform research in a global context. He also entered into an intensive and fruitful dialogue with Germanophone scholarship. The Humboldt prize, which carries an award of 60,000 Euros, will enable him to contribute his ideas on transconstitutionalism and transdemocracy – which are always founded on an insightful analysis of historical developments – to the debate on modern law’s regulatory and formative potential.

With the award and the prizewinner’s research stays in the Department Law and Society at the Universität Bielefeld’s Faculty of Sociology and at the Max Planck Institute of European Legal History in the first half of 2020, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation seeks to strengthen and expand scientific exchange and cooperation between Brazil and Germany. Professor Neves was nominated for the award by Prof Dr Alfons Bora (Universität Bielefeld) and Prof Dr Thomas Duve (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main).


The current issue of the MPIeR’s journal Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History (27) includes a review article on recent publications on the Weimar constitution by Marcelo Neves (in Portuguese):

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